Consultations – Second Opinions
Getting a second opinion about your heart condition and treatment plan is important. A consultation with another heart specialist can help you understand your options and feel more confident about your decisions.
A second opinion may provide you with a more precise diagnosis and the latest information on the best treatment for you. At Abington – Jefferson Health’s Heart and Vascular Institute, our specialists and surgeons see many patients for second opinions on all types of cardiovascular diagnoses, conditions, treatments and procedures.
Asking Questions About Treatment Choices
Receiving a second opinion can make a big difference when considering procedures or treatments. You may learn about advanced methods for solving your condition with minimally invasive procedures instead of traditional open surgery.
Ask if the first doctor and facility have extensive experience with the cardiac procedure being suggested – and if those results have been good. Getting a second opinion from a heart center with more expertise can help your outcome.
Patient Concerns About Second Opinions
Some patients hesitate to get a second opinion out of worry that the first doctor will be insulted. In reality, physicians recognize that second opinions benefit their patients, especially for major conditions such as heart disease. What’s more, your insurer may require that you get a second opinion consultation before undergoing certain cardiac procedures.